History Literature / AThousandSplendidSuns

7th Aug '17 3:53:33 AM Lancelot07
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* TeenagePregnacy: Both Mariam and Laila have this as they get pregnant at 15 years old and 14 years old respectively, at different points in the book.

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* TeenagePregnacy: TeenagePregnancy: Both Mariam and Laila have this as they get pregnant at 15 years old and 14 years old respectively, at different points in the book.
7th Aug '17 3:53:00 AM Lancelot07
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* TeenagePregnacy: Both Mariam and Laila have this as they get pregnant at 15 years old and 14 years old respectively, at different points in the book.
7th Aug '17 3:49:09 AM Lancelot07
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** Walt Disney’s Pinocchio, which fifteen year old Mariam wanted her father to take her to see. [[spoiler: In the end, Laila finds a letter and money from Jalil, apologising for being such a crappy father, along with [[CallBack a copy of Pinocchio]]]].
** [[Film/Titanic1997 Titanic]], which the citizens of Kabul watch in secret due to it being banned by the Taliban. Laila in particular seems to identify with it due to the similarities between herself and [[spoiler: Tariq]], and [[StarCrossedLovers Rose and Jack]]. Later, after the Taliban fall from power, [[spoiler: for Aziza’s birthday the family goes to the cinema to legally watch ''Titanic'' for the first time]].
** [[Film/SupermanTheMovie Superman]], which Zalmai becomes a fan of. [[spoiler: He actually wants to name Laila’s new baby – if it’s a boy – Clark, and can’t understand why that name is considered inappropriate for an Afghan boy]].

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** Walt Disney’s Pinocchio, ''Disney/{{Pinocchio}}'', which fifteen year old Mariam wanted her father to take her to see. [[spoiler: In the end, Laila finds a letter and money from Jalil, apologising for being such a crappy father, along with [[CallBack a copy of Pinocchio]]]].
** [[Film/Titanic1997 Titanic]], ''[[Film/Titanic1997 Titanic]]'', which the citizens of Kabul watch in secret due to it being banned by the Taliban. Laila in particular seems to identify with it due to the similarities between herself and [[spoiler: Tariq]], and [[StarCrossedLovers Rose and Jack]]. Later, after the Taliban fall from power, [[spoiler: for Aziza’s birthday the family goes to the cinema to legally watch ''Titanic'' for the first time]].
** [[Film/SupermanTheMovie Superman]], ''[[Film/SupermanTheMovie Superman]]'', which Zalmai becomes a fan of. [[spoiler: He actually wants to name Laila’s new baby – if it’s a boy – Clark, and can’t understand why that name is considered inappropriate for an Afghan boy]].
7th Aug '17 3:42:57 AM Lancelot07
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* LawOfInverseFertility: Mariam, who desperately wants a child, has seven miscarriages. Laila, on the other hand, unexpectedly gets pregnant her first time [[spoiler:with Tariq]].

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* LawOfInverseFertility: Mariam, who desperately wants a child, has seven miscarriages. Laila, on the other hand, unexpectedly gets pregnant her first time [[spoiler:with Tariq]].Tariq]], and has a complete and healthy pregnancy.
10th Jul '17 7:39:57 PM Stevebob
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** Walt Disney’s [[Disney/Pinocchio]], which fifteen year old Mariam wanted her father to take her to see. [[spoiler: In the end, Laila finds a letter and money from Jalil, apologising for being such a crappy father, along with [[CallBack a copy of Pinocchio]]]].

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** Walt Disney’s [[Disney/Pinocchio]], Pinocchio, which fifteen year old Mariam wanted her father to take her to see. [[spoiler: In the end, Laila finds a letter and money from Jalil, apologising for being such a crappy father, along with [[CallBack a copy of Pinocchio]]]].
10th Jul '17 7:38:20 PM Stevebob
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** Walt Disney’s Disney/Pinocchio, which fifteen year old Mariam wanted her father to take her to see. [[spoiler: In the end, Laila finds a letter and money from Jalil, apologising for being such a crappy father, along with [[CallBack a copy of Pinocchio]]]].

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** Walt Disney’s Disney/Pinocchio, [[Disney/Pinocchio]], which fifteen year old Mariam wanted her father to take her to see. [[spoiler: In the end, Laila finds a letter and money from Jalil, apologising for being such a crappy father, along with [[CallBack a copy of Pinocchio]]]].
10th Jul '17 7:37:18 PM Stevebob
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** Walt Disney’s Pinocchio/Disney, which fifteen year old Mariam wanted her father to take her to see. [[spoiler: In the end, Laila finds a letter and money from Jalil, apologising for being such a crappy father, along with [[CallBack a copy of Pinocchio]]]].

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** Walt Disney’s Pinocchio/Disney, Disney/Pinocchio, which fifteen year old Mariam wanted her father to take her to see. [[spoiler: In the end, Laila finds a letter and money from Jalil, apologising for being such a crappy father, along with [[CallBack a copy of Pinocchio]]]].
10th Jul '17 7:36:16 PM Stevebob
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** Walt Disney’s Disney/Pinocchio, which fifteen year old Mariam wanted her father to take her to see. [[spoiler: In the end, Laila finds a letter and money from Jalil, apologising for being such a crappy father, along with [[CallBack a copy of Pinocchio]].
** [[Film/Titanic(1997) ''Titanic'']], which the citizens of Kabul watch in secret due to it being banned by the Taliban. Laila in particular seems to identify with it due to the similarities between herself and [[spoiler: Tariq]], and [[StarCrossedLovers Rose and Jack]]. Later, after the Taliban fall from power, [[spoiler: for Aziza’s birthday the family goes to the cinema to legally watch ''Titanic'' for the first time]].
** [[Film/Superman:TheMovie Superman]], which Zalmai becomes a fan of. [[spoiler: He actually wants to name Laila’s new baby – if it’s a boy – Clark, and can’t understand why that name is considered inappropriate for an Afghan boy]].

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** Walt Disney’s Disney/Pinocchio, Pinocchio/Disney, which fifteen year old Mariam wanted her father to take her to see. [[spoiler: In the end, Laila finds a letter and money from Jalil, apologising for being such a crappy father, along with [[CallBack a copy of Pinocchio]].Pinocchio]]]].
** [[Film/Titanic(1997) ''Titanic'']], [[Film/Titanic1997 Titanic]], which the citizens of Kabul watch in secret due to it being banned by the Taliban. Laila in particular seems to identify with it due to the similarities between herself and [[spoiler: Tariq]], and [[StarCrossedLovers Rose and Jack]]. Later, after the Taliban fall from power, [[spoiler: for Aziza’s birthday the family goes to the cinema to legally watch ''Titanic'' for the first time]].
** [[Film/Superman:TheMovie [[Film/SupermanTheMovie Superman]], which Zalmai becomes a fan of. [[spoiler: He actually wants to name Laila’s new baby – if it’s a boy – Clark, and can’t understand why that name is considered inappropriate for an Afghan boy]].
10th Jul '17 7:33:58 PM Stevebob
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* ShoutOut:
** Walt Disney’s Disney/Pinocchio, which fifteen year old Mariam wanted her father to take her to see. [[spoiler: In the end, Laila finds a letter and money from Jalil, apologising for being such a crappy father, along with [[CallBack a copy of Pinocchio]].
** [[Film/Titanic(1997) ''Titanic'']], which the citizens of Kabul watch in secret due to it being banned by the Taliban. Laila in particular seems to identify with it due to the similarities between herself and [[spoiler: Tariq]], and [[StarCrossedLovers Rose and Jack]]. Later, after the Taliban fall from power, [[spoiler: for Aziza’s birthday the family goes to the cinema to legally watch ''Titanic'' for the first time]].
** [[Film/Superman:TheMovie Superman]], which Zalmai becomes a fan of. [[spoiler: He actually wants to name Laila’s new baby – if it’s a boy – Clark, and can’t understand why that name is considered inappropriate for an Afghan boy]].



* UglyGuyHotWife: Rasheed with [[spoiler: Laila]].

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* UglyGuyHotWife: Rasheed with [[spoiler: Laila]].Laila.
10th Jul '17 7:02:02 PM Stevebob
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* BeautyIsNeverTarnished: Averted by Laila. Due to her hard life and Rasheed's abuse, she looks older than her years, has lines and missing teeth. [[spoiler: Tariq too looks pretty rough after ten years in a refugee camp and/or prison. Both still find the other beautiful anyway]].



* EveryoneLovesBlondes: Laila is blonde and very pretty, though subverted later on, as she looks pretty rough due to living in poverty and being constantly beaten by her husband.



* FireForgedFriends: Laila and Mariam start off hating each other, but begin to bond in the face of [[spoiler: Rasheed’s abuse of them both]].

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* FireForgedFriends: Laila and Mariam start off hating each other, but begin to bond in the face of [[spoiler: Rasheed’s abuse of them both]].both.


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* {{Hypocrite}}: Rasheed constantly reminds Mariam about the importance of maintaining his honour and makes her wear a burqa when she leaves the house. But it's fine for him to lust after a fourteen year old girl and look at pornographic magazines.


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* KickTheDog: Rasheed has ''many'' of these moments. To start with, constantly telling Mariam to shut up or calling her stupid simply for asking him questions.


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* MamasBabyPapasMaybe: [[spoiler: Laila tries to pass Aziza off as Rasheed's, only agreeing to marry him so she and her baby will be supported. However, it later turns out that Rasheed had suspected all along Aziza wasn't his. It's unclear what he would've done if Aziza had been a son]].


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* SympatheticMurderer: [[spoiler: Mariam, definitely, considering that the person she kills is her vile and horribly abusive husband, to stop him from killing Laila]].


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* WifeBasherBasher: A rare example of it being the wives doing the bashing. Laila occasionally fights back against Rasheed's abuse and in one instance manages to [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome punch him in the face]]. She later breaks a glass over his head to stop him beating Mariam, who in turn attacks Rasheed and [[spoiler: ends up bludgeoning him with a shovel to stop him strangling Laila]]. A downplayed example would be [[spoiler: Tariq. He never gets round to giving Rasheed a piece of his mind, but upon seeing the injuries Laila's husband has dealt her, he "coldly" remarks "He did this to you?" and Laila is reminded of the time he went after a boy for bullying her when they were kids]].
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